Wednesday, 11 June 2008

The Queen's Birthday Honours Speculation

It will be interesting to see if the former First Minister of Northern Ireland, the Rt Hon Ian Paisley, MP, MLA, is offered or, indeed, is ready to accept a peerage yet in the forthcoming Queen's Birthday Honours List this weekend. His wife, the Baroness Paisley of St George's, is already in the House of Lords to welcome him.

It all depends on whether Ian Paisley is ready to retire from the House of Commons yet, thereby necessitating a by-election in his North Antrim constituency which, possibly, his son Ian Paisley Junior would fight.

In recent years, retiring Ulster Unionist Party Leaders have accepted Life Peerages.

Of course it is also possible that Ian Paisley could be offered an order of knighthood, should he wish to remain as the Member for North Antrim until the General Election.

It's all mere speculation on my part...

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